LAE Coronavirus Appeal
Supporting our students, supporting our community
Whilst the Coronavirus pandemic affects all of us, what has become increasingly clear is that those with the least, continue to be hardest hit.
As a Newham school established to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their full potential, we are acutely aware of the challenges facing significant numbers of our students, whose lives have already been touched, directly or indirectly, by the recent tragic events.
According to the latest January 2021 data from Public Health England (PHE), the London Borough of Newham, which recorded the worst mortality rates in England and Wales during the first peak of the virus last spring, remains the local authority with the highest number of recorded cases since the start of the pandemic.
More than ever, our students and their families remain in need of additional support and since launching LAE’s Coronavirus Appeal last spring, the school has received in excess of £60,000 in donations.
These generous gifts have enabled LAE to directly support more than 150 sixth formers and to limit the hardship that they are facing by:
- Providing large numbers of students with laptops and the equipment they need to support remote learning.
- Significantly increasing counselling provision during term time and through the school holidays.
- Offering students facing financial difficulties, direct support for necessities such as food and bedding through the creation of a Covid hardship fund.
The difference this support has made to students and their families cannot be overstated but as the pandemic enters its next phase, the need for this support has not gone away.
Donations received between now and the end of the academic year will enable us to:
Provide students with free school meals payment over the holidays: Almost half of LAE’s student body (more than 200 students) are eligible for free school meals, yet Government funding makes almost no allowance for this provision during the school holidays. The Winter Grant that has been announced by the Government in its place is very restrictive and only allows for a small number of payments.
- A donation of £500 (or £400 plus Gift Aid) would allow us to provide ten students with free meals payments over the February half term and Easter holiday.
Provide increased counselling provision for our students: Although we have been able to provide many students with essential counselling and advice remotely since the school closure, we still have a waiting list of students who need support to help them to make sense of personal challenges, tragedies and difficulties in these uncertain times.
- A donation of £1000 (or £800 plus Gift Aid) would allow us to provide an additional ten hours of counselling per week for a month.
Expand LAE’s Coronavirus Hardship Fund: Since the lockdown began, we have been contacted by students and their families who, as a result of job losses and family separations, are facing increasingly serious financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic.
- A donation of £25 (or £20 plus Gift Aid) would allow us to provide one student in hostel accommodation with bedding.
Educational recovery: Covid-19 has affected all students, but the biggest impact has been on those from disadvantaged backgrounds, widening the attainment gap between them and their peers.
- A donation of £100 (or £80 plus Gift Aid) would pay for a subscription to an academic journal to help to mitigate for loss of access to library resources.
In addition to pledging individual donations, many of our supporters have offered to share details of LAE’s Coronavirus Appeal with companies and organisations that might also be in a position to help. These companies have, in turn, shared details with of the Appeal their employees.
These are challenging time for us all, but if you can donate, your gift, big or small, would help us ensure that our students and their families receive the resources they need to get through this crisis and continue their education.